Our program is aligned with National and State standards with expected outcomes designed around the ACTFL proficiency guidelines for K-12 learners. Teachers use a variety of learning activities and differentiated instruction such as songs, cooperative learning groups, projects, dialogues, presentations, software and games to achieve desired learning goals. Students are evaluated on their communicative ability in the target language through variety of linguistic tasks, listening, oral and written evaluations as well as authentic performance assessments. The goal of the program is for students to gain knowledge of world history, language and culture that will serve them throughout their lives in order to succeed in the global community.
Program Goals and Outcomes:
As a result of participating in World Language course of study, students will:
- Communicate in a language other than English. (Communication)
- Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures. (Cultures)
- Make connections to other disciplines and acquire knowledge using a second language. (Connections)
- Participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world. (Communities)
- Gain insight into the nature of language and culture. (Comparisons)
Students engage in language study every other day for the full year. Instruction builds on previous language learning begun in FLES program. This is a transition year for students in which they begin to utilize a textbook and apply software and multimedia technology to language learning. There is a strong emphasis on listening and speaking with increased development of reading and writing skills as students learn to express their ideas. Students explore concepts such as; How are cultures the same? Why study another language? What are the advantages of knowing another language? Students exchange information on topics such as greeting others, family, school, school subjects and schedules, numbers, foods, telling time and more. At the end of the year students choose with the guidance of parents and teachers which course of language study to follow (either Spanish or French) in seventh grade.
Grade 7 and 8
The World Languages available are Spanish and French. Students engage in language study daily and are expected to commit to studying one language while in grades 7 and 8. At the end of grade 8 students enter high school at a course appropriate to their performance level which may include: Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, French I, French II or Latin I.
Students practice basic language structures in the present tense and begin to apply more complex structures to express events in their everyday lives, as well as their needs, wants, and opinions in the target language. Students engage in a variety of real-life topics that include things of personal interest to them such as sports, free-time activities, the family, home, chores, and travel in order to further develop linguistic competence. Through a variety of dynamic and differentiated linguistic tasks, such as listening to authentic language, songs, creating projects, role playing, and reading for understanding, students demonstrate emerging proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Major concepts include a broad knowledge of Spanish and Hispanic culture as well as reinforcing grade level skills in other subject areas.
The French program begins in grade 7 with daily language study. Students who have previously participated in the FLES program benefit from earlier exposure to another language however, this course is also open to students with no previous language background. Emphasis is on using basic structures to help students express needs, wants, and opinions in French. Topics covered in this beginning level are greetings, numbers, school subjects, foods, family, telling time and more.